Thai aubergine, cumin-scented beef and tzatziki rotis

Recipe from: 6/1/2004 12:00:00 AM

Ingredients 31
Servings 6
Time

Ingredients

  • 2
    lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • 45
    ml
    fish sauce
  • 2
    limes, the juice
  • 15
    ml
    brown sugar
  • 4
    chillies, chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2
    ml
    salt
  • 2
    medium aubergines, sliced, salted and drained
  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • BEEF
  • 800
    g
    beef mince
  • 5
    ml
    oil
  • 5
    ml
    cumin
  • 1
    onion, finely chopped and lightly salted
  • 5
    ml
    oil
  • 1
    beef cube
  • 2
    ml
    thyme
  • 2
    green chillies, chopped
  • 3
    cloves garlic, chopped
  • TZATZIKI
  • 1
    Litres
    Greek yoghurt
  • 0.50
    English cucumber, finely chopped, salted and drained
  • 6
    cloves garlic, finely chopped and salted
  • TOMATO SAUCE
  • 0.50
    onion, finely chopped and salted
  • salt to taste
  • 410
    g
    canned plum tomatoes
  • 1
    chilli, chopped
  • 0.50
    bunch of coriander, chopped and stalks included
  • TO SERVE
  • 6
    rotis
 

Method

 
Bruise the lemongrass well and add it to the fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, chilli, garlic and salt.
Use a deep dish for this marinade.
Rinse the salt off the aubergines, dry well and fry in batches until cooked.
Briefly drain the fried aubergine on kitchen towel and drop into the marinade while still hot.
Marinate for 12 hours for best results.
BEEF:
Brown the mince in 5 ml oil, taking care to break up any lumps.
Add the cumin, mix and then remove mince and pan juices, and set aside.
Sauté the onions in another 5 ml oil and add mince, beef cube, thyme, chilli and garlic.
Turn off heat and leave to stand for an hour before serving.
TZATZIKI
Drain yoghurt overnight in a sieve lined with kitchen paper.
Drain off whey and discard.
Yoghurt will have a thick creamy consistency.
Add drained, chopped cucumber and garlic.
Mix well and transfer to a serving dish. Keep chilled.
TOMATO SAUCE:
Sauté the onion.
Add salt, tomatoes (whole) and chilli.
Simmer until tomatoes are very soft.
Add coriander and turn off the heat.
TO SERVE:
Warm rotis in microwave with a damp sheet of kitchen towel between layers for one minute.
Spoon a little mince onto each roti, sprinkle with tomato sauce and cover with two slices of aubergine.
Roll up roti, drape with another two slices of aubergine and top with tzatziki.
 

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